OK…so a bit of background here.
More often than we’d like, we pull ammo off the delivery truck from a manufacturer and we find blemishes or damage to the packaging itself. Often, it’s nothing major. Maybe the corner of the box was torn or the logo of the ammunition maker was scraped so it’s just not as pretty as what you’d expect.
The rounds are good, the cases are undamaged, and the rounds will function properly but nobody wants to get a banged up box of ammo when they’re paying full price. So, we’re generally forced to scrap the ammo. Our guys take it out of the box, toss the rounds into a barrel, and pile up in the corner calling it “waste”.
We don’t have a ton of it, but it’s been collecting in our warehouse for years and it could be making somebody’s guns really happy. These rounds need a home.
See the link for more details. The prices look really good. It goes on sale Friday at Midnight
Really tired this morning. I stayed up to watch the recall in Colorado. Way to go, guys. Hopefully the message has been sent: If you ignore your constituents and ally yourself with nanny state fascists (I’m looking at you, Bloomberg) then your butt gets sent home.
Sean does a masterful job of welcoming Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. He asks a pretty simple question: if you are interested in dialog with gun owners, then why are you hiding from the gun owners?
Thanks to all the GRNC guys who made it to the protest.
I’ve just been busy. I have been the technical lead on a deal that will be the largest my company has done by at least an order of magnitude. It has been challenging and interesting. Unfortunately, it has also meant weekly trips to Mordor-on-the-Hudson, also known as New York City.
I’m back…regular posting should resume. (Or at least as regular as it ever was.)
Sean tells a story of a class he recently tried to take. I say “tried to take” because he had to leave part way through because of the instructors’ unsafe behavior. Go read the whole thing.
Sean (and his brother) did the right thing. They told the instructor that he was doing something unsafe, and when the instructor refused to stop, he left the class. First of all, big congratulations to him for doing the right thing. It’s had to stand up in a room full of people and say “Hey, you are doing something wrong!” and yet, that’s exactly what needs to happen.
If you hang around gun guys for a while, you will at some point see a strange ritual. Someone will take out a pistol, and check to see if it is unloaded. They will hand it to the next person, who will check to see if it is unloaded, and so on down the line. No one takes it for granted that the ammo fairies haven’t snuck a round in while no one was watching. Why? Because we are building habits.
When I became an pistol instructor, we went through elaborate practice to make sure that when we handled firearms, we didn’t muzzle anyone. It’s not that easy. It requires attention to what you are doing. You have to think about where your safe zones were, and soft of pre-plan your movements in advance. Oh, and by the way, these were blue guns. Inert pieces of plastic. Why did we worry about inert pieces of plastic? Because we were forming habits, and we were learning how to teach. And because safety is that important.
As a teacher, you communicate to your students not just by your content, but by your attitude, your body language, and your entire demeanor. So, what did the students from that class learn? They learned that we have “rules” that don’t mean anything. They learned that if you see a safety violation you shouldn’t say anything, because the instructor will ignore it at best and make fun of you at worst.
I will close with a personal admission. I’ve muzzled someone before. In fact, I did it in front of Sean. We were putting sight black on our sights, and I pointed my (unloaded) gun in the wrong direction. A quick, stupid error from training too long on ranges where no one was downrange. I had built bad habits. The person involved just said “Hey man!” and looked at me. I was embarrassed, said “Oh my God, sorry!” I holstered my gun, felt my face burn, and made sure I didn’t make that mistake again. If he had asked me to leave, I would not have complained. I was wrong.
If you make a mistake, admit it, and learn from it. If you see a safety problem, speak up. And if you are at the range, or a class, or a match and someone is being unsafe, be strong enough to leave.
Two key takeaways from this incident. First, when the forces of darkeness try to tell you that you don’t need to have a firearm for self defense, or that no one needs standard capacity magazines, be sure to reference the “crazy terrorist bomber running through the countryside” exception.
Second…the news media has degenerated to the point that it is no longer a benefit to the Republic. Their reporting throughout this entire incident has been positively terrible. The latest gem from ABC news:
A senior Justice Department official told ABC News that federal law enforcement officials are invoking the public safety exception to the Miranda rights, so that Tsarnaev will be questioned immediately without having Miranda rights issued to him.
First, folks, rights are not “issued.” Rights are what we have as citizens of the United States. That same news outlet, ABC news, is also reporting that Tsarnaev is a naturalized citizen. So therefore, Tsarnaev is entitled to the same rights as any other US citizen.
Second…”Mirandizing” a citizen doesn’t do anything other then inform the suspect what his right ALREADY ARE under the law. Whether or not Tsarnaev is informed of the fact, he has the absolute right to shut his mouth and say absolutely nothing. The “public safety” exception doesn’t compel Tsarnaev to do anything at all. The only thing that the “public safety” exception allows officers to do is ask him questions of a public safety nature (“Where are the bombs?”) without reading his rights, waiting for an attorney, etc. Should the police learn anything of an incriminating nature (“We made two more and they are over there.”), the State can then use that information at trial. Inasmuch as the suspect is at last report unconscious and unresponsive, I can’t see how this is relevant at this point.
If there is one thing I have learned in the post 9/11 world…when someone tells you that you have an emergency and that we have to suspend Constitutional protections right now…that is the precise time that we need to put on the brakes. That, and most of my fellow citizens don’t know much about the constitution or their rights.
Man, what a week. I spent most of it on business travel, and so didn’t really have any time to blog. So, some quick hits in lieu of content:
- Gun control goes down in the Senate. Kay Hagan sells out NC gun owners. Guess now we know what she thinks “reasonable restrictions” are. We won’t forget, Kay. I hope one of the things you got to talk about on that boat was your retirement options.
- Barry throws a temper tantrum. Politico runs articles on what a drag it is to be president when you can’t dictate. Boo hoo.
- Bomb goes off in Boston. Media beclowns themselves with their “reporting.” Same stuff, different day.
- It amazes me how quickly people are wiling to give up their rights. On Tuesday, I heard an earnest conversation on the news about whether or not we would have to mirandize a “terrorist.” News flash: terrorists on domestic soil are criminals, and we treat them as such.
- This morning, I read that the police have killed one suspect and are chasing another. They are searching door to door in Watertown. As a test, I asked the kid: “Honey, what would you do if the police came and wanted to search the house?” Without missing a beat she said: “I’d ask if they had a warrant.” That’s my good girl!
…or “Major Kudos to a Fellow Gunnie”
I’ve known Sean Sorrentino from NC Gun Blog for a few years now. This most recent report from behind enemy lines does not surprise me.
Sean has consistently been on the front lines here in NC. He does the unglamorous, boring, and absolutely necessary work. His simply showing up, on a week night, to provide a counterweight to the MAIG vigil, a point of view that otherwise would not have gotten out. On GRNC rally day, Sean spent most of the morning teaching other people how to lobby. He presents a thoughtful, intelligent, reasonable perspective on gun rights.
Kudos, brother. I’m glad you are on our side.
An AP article examining some of the history of Nazi gun control. The article itself is fairly balanced, but there are some wacky quotes. Like this:
Paulsson said it is possible that if Polish Jews had limited their resistance, Nazi troops might not have destroyed the ghetto, allowing more to survive in hiding or escape. When armed Jews shot at mobs or troops at other times in 1930s and 1940s Poland, it incited more vicious counter-attacks, he said.
Right…because we saw how well non-resistance worked in the rest of Europe.